HC Deb 08 July 1974 vol 876 cc338-9W
Mr. Bates

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he is satisfied that figures of absenteeism in schools properly represent the level of truancy; and whether he will remove from these figures schoolchildren who absent themselves following their final examinations.

Mr. Armstrong

The figures which my Department has collected are for a day in January and are unlikely to be affected by examinations. I accept entirely that absence is not the same thing as truancy.